Is Fall officially here yet or WHAT? Maybe not, but I don't care because I've decided it's apple butter time!
Growing up, apple butter was our mom's very favorite topping for all forms of bread (and I do mean ALL). Now it's my turn to keep the family stocked with tangy, Autumn-spiced apple butter. I whip it up in the slow cooker so I can go about my day without thinking about it. And by the time evening rolls around, the entire house is infused with the smell of apples and spice. YUM!
You won't find any refined sugar in this apple butter recipe — only raw honey. I recommend adding it after the apples have cooled to allow it to retain the health benefits. Also use local honey whenever you can so the wildflowers and plants native to your area will be incorporated in both the flavor and its health advantages (especially for seasonal allergies).
Did I tell you we have our very own honey bees? It's been a learning curve to be sure, but what a joy it is to watch them working day in and day out so we can enjoy their delicious bounty! We just extracted honey for the year so it's perfect timing.
By the way, this recipe tastes best when you choose two different kinds of apples so that they mingle, producing a complex and wonderful flavor.
Easy Apple Butter Crockpot Recipe
We often make this apple butter as a gift for our kids' teachers and they always love it! And no wonder…who can deny their tastebuds such a fruity harvest-time treat??
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 12 hours
Makes: 3 pints
20 organic apples (two types, peeled and cored)
1 cup organic apple cider (no sugar added)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 ½ cups of raw honey (local if possible)
3 pint mason jars with lids, sterilized
- Place peeled, cored apple halves in crock pot
- Add all remaining ingredients except honey
- Cook on low for 12 hours
- Cool for 30 minutes, then add honey
- Run apple butter through food mill or processor
- Store in mason jars in the refrigerator (it will last for several weeks, but can also be canned for longer storage)
Do you have a winning apple butter recipe you enjoying making in the Fall?